Riftia

Riftia pachyptila

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Host Ari Daniel Shapiro dives deep to discover a white worm as tall as your refrigerator that breathes through bright red feathery “lips.” This isn’t a creature from outer space. Meet Riftia, a tube worm that lives in deep-sea vents, and learn the surprising lessons this denizen of the abyss is teaching scientists about life on Earth.

Photo credit: Vicki Ferrini, Marvin Lilley

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Harvard MCZThe One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

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